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    How to paint a home safely

    Published on 21 February 2019, Thursday, 4:19 AM

    Painting your own home is a great way to save money and have some fun as well, however there are a few risks and pitfalls that you need to be aware of.

    Here are a few top tips to help make sure that your DIY painting job goes off without a hitch.

    Paint from a solid platform

    When painting a house exterior you will often be required to elevate yourself off the ground, sometimes to several metres in height.

    This can be dangerous if you are not using a stable platform to base yourself from, so make sure that your ladder is firmly grounded or that you are using a properly set up scissor lift.

    Ventilate properly

    Paint fumes can contain dangerous chemicals and can be dangerous if inhaled excessively, so make sure that you are always painting in a well-ventilated area.

    Consider using a paint mask if you are going to be painting for an extended period of time and want to avoid feeling dizzy or nauseous.

    Keep children and pets away from paint

    If you have any young children or animals around your home then you will want to take special care to ensure that they are not left alone with any paint.

    Paint can be highly toxic if consumed and can also cause problems if allowed to get into the nose or eyes, so always seal your paint up carefully when you are not using it.

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.